Washington State Univ. Temporarily Bans Greek Events

All of the school’s fraternity and sorority events for the rest of the fall semester have been cancelled.

Washington State University’s Interfraternity Council (IFC) and Panhellenic Council on Monday banned all of the school’s fraternity and sorority events for the rest of the fall 2016 semester, regardless of whether or not alcohol is served.

The announcement was made in a letter to students, faculty, staff and others, and cited the recent increase in sexual assaults, hospitalizations and alcohol and drug use as the reasons for the ban.

“The reoccurrence of these incidents have been associated with the irresponsibility of alcohol and drug consumption by persons in our chapters,” the letter states. “It is necessary to understand that although incidents like these may hurt the image of the individual chapter, they also greatly degrade the perception and credibility of Greek Life at Washington State University.”

The following rules will be in place during the moratorium:

  • There will be no social events containing alcohol, including formals, pre-functions, football tailgates, open parties, 21 runs, exchanges, date dashes O2Cs or any event that the council would be able to prove happened by the “preponderance of the evidence” standard
  • No members may attend events hosted by unrecognized chapters
  • Chapters must abide by all IFC/Panellenic bylaws
  • Delegates of each chapter will help the councils conduct a full IFC/Panhellenic bylaw review
  • Chapter delegates will work with both councils and university officials/organizations to help create a comprehensive point-by-point action plan to create awareness surrounding sexual assault, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, falls and mental health.

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